Block 4 Activity3: Use of educational data

Part 1 o

Look around the H817 Moodle environment and note where it is personalised, displaying information that applies to me:

  • record of my study – all the courses and qualifications that I have completed/achieved
  • profile information
  • course code
  • name and PI code
  • my student home page
  • my participation tab in forum
  • tutor group and participants
  • forum posts
  • links to my blog

Sites that I have accessed during this course that might store data about me :

  • library services
  • Credly
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • WordPress
  • Pinterest
  • Prezi
  • FutureLearn
  • Google
  • Padlet
  • Doodle
  • Udacity
  • Wavepad Editor

the list goes on…

At this stage I have mixed feelings about data being collected and used.  I suppose for the same reason companies give their customers unique numbers, these websites want to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of their users.  However it can be frustrating when you only want to have a look to see if the website suits your specific needs and you have to subscribe to get access.  It is unclear when you subscribe/provide your email details whether there is intention to collect data for the website owner’s purposes or whether this will be passed on to a third party – which I object to.  When signing up for access to website results in numerous junk emails I do object as I haven’t asked or agreed to contacted.

Part 2

In my current teaching environment student data is used for the following purposes:

Used to benefit the learner:

  • attendance records/pastoral notes
  • Baseline assessment results
  • GL assessment results
  • Transition data
  • Support for Learning
  • access to network and Wi-Fi access for Chromebooks

Used to benefit educators:

  • as above apart from network and Wi-Fi  access

Used to benefit administrators or managers

  • as for educators

Others

  • Support for learning to inform partners
  • attendance/pastoral notes to inform partners

The use of this data is tightly controlled and used by teachers and Head Teacher on a daily basis to inform/improve teaching and learning with a view to closing the attainment gap. Data is now being collected about progress and performance within a new software resource by our learning assistants so that teachers can be informed.

Part 3

Identify some educational challenges in the environment that you are considering:challenge-clipart-k14720329

  1.  How to collect data about learners for STEM subjects which inform learners progression and identify areas which need support. This could be supported through use of Google Slides Audience Participation or other interactive quizzes which can be used to record answers and provide data. Used alongside other data recorded by teacher and learner this can be used to provide a better rounded vision of areas needing support or challenge. This could be used for other curricular areas.
  2. Develop further my method of collecting data from baseline assessments so that it is easier to pick out problem areas for each learner so that a more focused approach can be used to help close the attainment gap.  Share this information with senior management team so that comparisons can be make with my results with other classes with a view to taking a whole school approach to developing weak areas of needed.  It would also identify learners who are on track and may need challenged to deepen their knowledge and understanding.  Consult with colleagues with a view to using/creating/adapting data including collection methods to meet the needs of school and the learners.

 

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